The one serious point being made was that all parties must have known what fuss such an enterprise would make, and so both stars and producers could have little cause to complain. That was met with o somewhat naive, blanket denial which did naither Harrison nor Madonna any good. “Who needs that kind of publicity?” defended George, but his earlier point was probably more telling. “I did expect a certain amount of commotion,” he agreed. “But I must admit I overestimated your intelligence.”
The whole thing turned out to be the farce everyone expected it would be. The most interesting thing was reading the reports in the tabloids the next day. “Giggling and pouting,” described The Star of Madonna. She didn’t giggle once — she barely raised a smile.
One Fleet Street hack summed the whole thing up in the lift on the way down. “I just wanted to go because I like a bun fight,” he laughed. Quite.
Madonna: On George Harrison
“I wasn’t a Beatle maniac. I think I didn’t really appreciate their songs ’till I was much older. But he’s a great boss. Very understanding and very sympathetic.”
“I think he’s given me more advice on how to deal with the press than how to work on the movie.”
On “Shanghai Surprise”
“You have to think about the political climate in the US at that time (1938). There was a big depression Unemployment was at an all time high and there weren’t a lot of opportunities for a young woman. So, rather than stay home and raise children, I wanted to do something exciting with my life — so I go to Shanghai to be a missionary.”
“We didn’t actually plan on working on the film together. He (Sean) had just finished a film and was looking for another movie to do and I’d just finished working on my record and I was looking for o movie to do. I read the script and loved it and asked him to read it for his opinion. He also liked the movie role, so we looked of each other and thought maybe this would be a good one to do together.”
“The most difficult part for me is that my character goes through o transformation. I become very liberated through a relationship that grows between myself and the character that my husband plays.”
“The hardest part was where I started off. She was a character very much removed from what I am — a character that doesn’t really know how to express emotions, that keeps a lot inside and wants to say things but doesn’t quite know how to say them and is actually quite scared about a lot of things.”
“That was something that was really a challenge for me — to play someone so opposite to my own temperament.”
“I think it must be lovely somewhere. I haven’t had a lot of chance to go walking around and when I’m not working, I don’t really fancy the idea of someone following me on the street with a movie camera or whatever. I don’t relish that idea so I don’t really go out much.”
“I reserve my judgement about working here again until the picture’s finished. Sometimes you feel differently about something when it’s finished”
“I suppose some day. Not in the near future”